The Futuras are the most technologically advanced freeride shapes, with class-leading top-end speeds across a mega-wide wind range.
All Futuras result from the same design program as the iSonics but offer a more comfortable sailing position and more footstrap positions.
The following test was featured in the May 2015 issue of SURF Magazin.
Length: 246 cm
Width: 76.0 cm
Tail Width: 50.3 cm
Thickness: 11.5 cm
Weight: 7.50 kg
Fin: Drake Venom 48 (Tuttle Box)
Sail Range: 6.0m² – 9.0m²
Available Constructions: Carbon and Wood
On the Water:
The 2015 Starboard Futura 124 can be compared to the JP Super Sport, although the boards feel quite different from one another. The Futura 124 feels a bit bigger, a bit wider and a bit longer. However, whether you are planing or not, it is extremely stable on the water.
Once planing, it doesn’t ride as high and flat as an iSonic. Instead, it sits lower on the water, with a nose that is slightly lifted above the water. At full speed, the chop sometimes hits the bottom of the board around the front footstrap area. But it does so very softly and the board absorbs the impact to come out of the bump even faster. The Futura, with its extremely comfortable footstrap positions, accelerates and can be pushed to its top speed with ease, in all wind conditions.
The Futura is an exception in this freerace test as it doesn’t require a lot of skills. It offers a comfortable stance when in the footstraps and is very stable in the arc of the jibes, especially full-speed power jibes. Other freerace boards on test required more effort to control but came out quicker out of the jibe, if you had the skills to push them.
In stronger wind conditions, the Venom 48 cm fin provided felt quite big when paired with a 7.0m² cambered sail. We also noticed that, due to the deep deck recess, the boom needs to be positioned higher. It does however offer a more upright sailing position.
Thanks to its easy jibing characteristics, the Futura 124 proves to be a sporty board for windsurfers without a racing background who like to windsurf as fast and as simply as possible.